Ron Edmondson: 7 Disciplines Required for Spiritual Leaders

A spiritual leader, in my opinion, is called to lead well. All leaders should lead well, but when one claims to be a follower of Christ, their leadership reflects on his or her walk with Christ. Leading well takes discipline.

Here are seven disciplines of a spiritual leader:

Dreaming 

You will never dream bigger than God. Imagine 1 Corinthians 2:9, as it relates to dreaming (“no eye has seen nor ear has heard”). It’s almost a challenge to dream bigger dreams. God gave the creative mind to be used. Dream big!

Praying 

Ask yourself, “What isn’t moving forward simply because I haven’t prayed?” The prayer of the righteous accomplishes much! (James 4:2-3, James 5:16)

Working 

A Christian leader should be a diligent worker. God honors hard work. (Proverbs 10:4, Proverbs 21:5, Matthew 25:14-30)

Waiting 

Waiting is a part of walking with God. God does not give us every answer, nor commit to us the outcome. As followers of Christ, we must learn the skill of waiting. (Isaiah 40:31, Hebrews 6:15, Psalm 25:21)

Listening 

The spiritual leader must learn to discern the voice of God and listen carefully for instruction. (John 10:27)

Studying 

A spiritual leader, who desires to be like and lead like Christ, must discipline to be a student of God’s Word. (2 Timothy 2:15)

Teaching

Investing in others: That’s ultimately the call of the Christian’s life. Spiritual leaders must always be kingdom-minded and disciple other Christ-followers and leaders.

Be honest, which of these do you most need to improve upon as a spiritual leader?

(I’ll go first … I need more discipline to listen in my role as a spiritual leader.)  

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Ron Edmondson
Ron Edmondson is a pastor and church leader passionate about planting churches, helping established churches thrive, and assisting pastors and those in ministry think through leadership, strategy and life. Ron has over 20 years business experience, mostly as a self-employed business owner, and he's been helping churches grow vocationally for over 10 years.